Saturday, February 04, 2012

Herd Grapplers Defeated In Section Duals' Semis

For the first time in eight years, the Elk Grove wrestling squad did not finish either first or second in the Sac-Joaquin Section's Division I team dual championships. Saturday in Stockton the Herd were defeated by Delta River League-champions Folsom, 42-27, in the semi-final match.

Earlier in the day, Elk Grove defeated Merrill West, 59-12.

The Herd has been in the team dual championship match each season since 2004. They have won that title three times.

Vacaville won the team dual championship for the fifth year in a row by beating Folsom later Saturday afternoon, 47-19.

Cosumnes Oaks' wrestlers qualified for the Division IV dual meet, but were defeated in the opening round by Weston Ranch, 41-28. In Division VI Bradshaw Christian was defeated by Waterford, 77-6.

Del Oro won the Division II title, Rodriguez took Division III. Oakdale, perhaps the best wrestling squad in the Section, won D-IV.  Ripon took Division V and Waterford won D-VI.

This weekend will be the league wrestling championships in which the four top grapplers in each weight class will advance to the Section's divisional tournament the following weekend.

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